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Free mediation training offered to University community

The Athens Area Mediation Service is sponsoring five free mediation skills training sessions each Wednesday for Ohio University employees and students, Sept. 19 through Oct. 17.

The sessions will teach people how to effectively handle conflict situations. The Athens Area Mediation Service defines mediation as a thoughtfully structured process that can be used to help people resolve their own conflicts and design their own solutions.

The sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each Wednesday. AAMS recommends that registrants attend all five sessions, but it is not required.

"[Mediation] means better relationships, less stress and more effective work," said John Schmieding, director of the Athens Area Mediation Service. "We all encounter conflict in a variety of settings and the usual methods of ignoring and hoping it goes away doesn't work that well."

Schmieding said the goal of the training program is for people to get some awareness of their own reactions to conflict and learn how to respond in ways that really work.

More than 400 Ohio University faculty, staff and students have attended past mediation sessions, which use role-playing exercises and small group discussions as training tools.

The sessions are free for University-affiliated registrants thanks to financial support from the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

For more information or to register, call 740-594-6169 or email aams@frognet.net.